Debilitate definition

dĭ-bĭlĭ-tāt
To sap the strength or energy of; enervate.
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To make weak or feeble; enervate.
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To make feeble; to weaken.

The American Dream suffered a debilitating effect after the subprime crisis.

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To debilitate is defined as to weaken, make ill or destroy.

When an illness wears you down and makes you ill, this is an example of a time when the illness debilitates.

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Origin of debilitate

  • Latin dēbilitāre dēbilitāt- from dēbilis weak bel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare (“to weaken, debilitate”), from the adjective debilis (“weak”), from de- + habilis (“able”).

    From Wiktionary